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COVID-19: Ontario reports just under 4,000 new cases

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Over the past week, the daily case count has bounced between the mid-4000s and mid-3000s, with the seven-day average now sitting at 4,051. Author of the article: Taylor Blewett Colin Roberts received his vaccine from University of Ottawa medical student Richard Nadj Saturday morning. Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth along with a group of medical students set…

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Over the past week, the daily case count has bounced between the mid-4000s and mid-3000s, with the seven-day average now sitting at 4,051.

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Taylor Blewett

Colin Roberts received his vaccine from University of Ottawa medical student Richard Nadj Saturday morning. Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth along with a group of medical students set up Jabapalooza, a vaccine clinic in the Glebe Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia Ontario reported 3,947 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Over the past week, the daily case count has bounced between the mid-4,000s and mid-3,000s, with the seven-day average now sitting at 4,051.

The number of active cases, provincewide, has declined from a pandemic-high of nearly 43,000 earlier this week, now totalling 41,157.

The hardest hit areas of the province, in terms of active cases, are currently Peel (636 cases per 100,000), Toronto (475), Niagara Region (358), York Region (357), and Ottawa (325).

Of new cases reported by the province Sunday, 209 were in Ottawa, 31 in Eastern Ontario, 12 in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, 11 in Renfrew County and District, and 10 in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province decreased by 151, to a total of 2,126, while those in intensive care continued to climb, with 851 patients now in ICU beds (up 18 in the last day). Ontario added 24 additional COVID-19 deaths Sunday to the total number of lives lost, bringing that total to 7,911.

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Nearly 100,000 vaccines were administered across the province Saturday (a drop from daily totals over 120,000 and 130,000 the previous few days), with more than 4.6 million doses now administered in Ontario.

Ottawa Public Health reported 227 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and two additional deaths. (OPH numbers can vary from the provincial figures because the two collect information at different times.)

Over the previous seven days, a total of 1,649 new cases were reported (an average of 235 daily).

The number of active cases in the city has been on the decline, from a peak of 3,690 on April 16. There are now 2,787 active cases city-wide.

In hospitals, there are 104 local COVID-19 patients, with 25 in ICU. The number of Ottawa residents hospitalized with the disease has fallen in recent days.

On the vaccination front, 29 per cent of Ottawa’s population (over the age of 16) has now received at least one dose.

QUEBEC COVID-19 UPDATES Quebec reported 1,014 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

A total of 344,808 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.

Quebec also announced that nine more fatalities had been attributed to the virus, bringing the province’s death toll to 10,878.

The number of hospitalizations due decreased for the fourth consecutive day, this time dropping by eight to 654. Of those patients, 165 are in intensive care — a decrease of 16.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS AND UPDATES FROM ACROSS CANADA Canadians avoiding hotel quarantines for air travellers fuel taxi boom on U.S. border

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U.S. taxi and limousine services are seeing a boom in business from customers seeking to enter Canada by land to avoid a restriction on international travel that applies only to air traffic.

While both Canadian land and air travellers are required to take a test within three days of departure, and again on arrival, only those flying to Canada must spend up to three days of the country’s 14-day required quarantine period in a hotel.

That has led to a surge of calls for taxi and limousine services from Canadians who fly through U.S. airports in states like New York and then cross over the land border

Future nurses, doctors want lessons from pandemic to create better health-care system

Sang Hee Baek started nursing school at the University of Toronto last fall as the second wave of the pandemic was putting health-care staff in parts of the country through an endurance test, making her wonder if she’d made the right career choice.

Nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and others working with COVID-19 patients were becoming physically and mentally exhausted as some hospitals filled up, deaths climbed and vaccines were not yet a reality.

“I was worried a little bit,” 30-year-old Baek said, recalling the questions she asked herself: “Am I making the choice at the right time or am I not knowing enough to enter this profession and solely relying on my passion?”

She’d applied to nursing school in her last year of a life sciences degree after connecting with community health nurses working with marginalized people, including deaf and hard of hearing adolescents who faced challenges making an appointment to see a family doctor.

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COVID-19 cases spike in Nova Scotia, while other hot spots show signs of improvement

Nova Scotia hit a new single-day record number of COVID-19 cases Sunday, even as there were hints that Canada’s two biggest provinces are making fragile progress in the fight against the pandemic.

Nova Scotia reported 63 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is the highest number since the pandemic began.

Premier Iain Rankin took to Twitter to urge residents to get tested for the virus in order to protect their families and communities.

While the virus appears to be gaining steam out east, the news was more positive in two of Canada’s biggest hot spots.

VACCINE UPDATES As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks.

The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin says that’s if provinces follow the advice to delay second doses up to four months.

He also cautions that it is dependent on having no production delays again. Health Canada anticipates a total of 36.5 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30. Most Canadian provinces have suspended use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in people under age 55, acting on an advisory committee’s concerns about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots. However, Ontario and Alberta have lowered the age eligibility to those 40 and older.

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There are approximately 31 million Canadians over 16, and no vaccines are approved for anyone younger than 16.

WORLDWIDE COVID-19 NEWS At least 82 die in Baghdad COVID hospital fire

A fire sparked by an oxygen tank explosion killed at least 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital in Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

“We urgently need to review safety measures at all hospitals to prevent such a painful incident from happening in future,” spokesman Khalid al-Muhanna told state television, announcing the toll.

The fire erupted on Saturday at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area.

India coronavirus cases set new global record, U.S. readies help

India set a new global record of the most number of coronavirus infections in a day, as the United States said it was racing to send help to the country.

India’s number of cases surged by 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks, and hospitals in Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.

“Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific COVID-19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s health care heroes,” U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on twitter.

Italy reports 217 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, 13,158 new cases

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Italy reported 217 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday against 322 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 13,158 from 13,817.

Italy has registered 119,238 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh-highest in the world.

The country has reported 3.96 million cases to date.

UK says COVID cases down 4.6% in past week

Britain reported 1,712 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, government data showed, meaning there were 17,063 new cases between April 19 and 25, a fall of 4.6% compared with the previous seven days.

A further 11 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, taking the seven-day decrease to 12.6%.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination in Ottawa Updated information on COVID-19 testing: www.ottawatestingupdate.ca/

Ontario vaccination portal: covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine

Provincial call centre: 1-888-999-6488. The Vaccine Information Line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.

Vaccine eligibility in Ottawa: Vaccine eligibility screening tool, from Ottawa Public Health https://vers.powerappsportals.com/en-US/

To find a pharmacy vaccine: Eligible adults aged 40 and over who are interested in getting vaccinated via pharmacy can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating locations. Contact the pharmacy directly to ask if they’re offering appointments, walk-in vaccination or both.

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COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERSOttawa

227: New confirmed cases

23,313: Total cases

2: New deaths

490: Total deaths

104: In hospital

25: In ICU

1,649: New cases reported in previous seven days

10.9: Per cent testing positivity rate

0.86: Seven-day R(t) number

4,415: Cases where mutations/variants of concern were identified

15: VOC-related deaths

Vaccines (as of Friday)

274,215: First vaccine doses

28,686: Second vaccine doses

302,901: Total administered

307,470: Total received to date

Ontario

3,947: New confirmed cases

445,351: Total cases

24: New deaths

7,911: Total deaths

2,126: In hospital

851: In ICU

596: On ventilators

46,694: Tests

8.7: Per cent positivity rate in COVID-19 testing

99,535: Vaccines Saturday

4.6 million: Total vaccines administered (as of 8 p.m. Saturday.)

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Kahun back with McDavid: When it comes to the forward line blender, Tippett slices and dices with the best of them

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Author of the article: David Staples  •  Edmonton Journal Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of…

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Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of Leon Draisaitl, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins reunited, William Lagesson paired with Adam Larsson, and Dominik Kahun on the same line as Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi.

This from Oilers play-by-play ace Jack Michaels:

Practice today (minus P. Russell & Kulikov)…

Kahun-McDavid-Puljujarvi

RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

Ennis/Neal-McLeod-Chiasson

Shore-Khaira-Archibald

Nurse-Barrie

Lagesson-Larsson

Jones-Bear

Koekkoek-Bouchard

Oilers line combinations, on-ice numbers 5X5, from Natural Stat Trick My take 1.  When it comes to blendering up the forward lines, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett is now slicing and dicing with the best of them. Of course, this is garbage time for the Oilers’ season where they’re unlikely to move up or down the standings. They’re playing out the string until the playoffs, striving to remain both healthy but also sharp and competitive at the same time. They’re playing what amounts to Exhibition games-plus. It’s a good time to experiment with forward lines and Tippett is taking advantage of that fact, changing up the lines every few games.

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2. It’s hard to judge each line over a short amount of time but that’s all Tippett has to go on at this point, these small amounts of time each trio has been together. What we see is that this year the most productive line has been Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto, which in 134 minutes together has scored 12 goals and given up just two. That’s out-of-this-world production, even better than what we saw from the DYNamite Line last year, when RNH, Draisaitl and Yamamoto scored 30 goals and gave up just nine.

3. The problem with the Oil’s most successful line is that it sees McDavid and Draisaitl combining well, but it’s likely that success in the playoffs will be predicated on having McDavid and Draisaitl leading their own lines, delivering that kind of one-two punch. Tippett has searched for an effective second line this year. He found it last year with the DYNamites, but that same line hasn’t done so well together so far this year, with three goals for and five against in 81 minutes. But, again, that’s a small sample size, and some of those minutes came when RNH was just back from a concussion. It’s a shrewd move to go back to the line now to see if it can again function at a high level.

4. I also like the line of McDavid, Puljujarvi and Kahun, a trio which has had some success in the smallest of samples, with three goals for and just one against in 35 minutes. Kahun loves to pass the puck and Puljujarvi is progressing as a shooter and passer. Both are solid enough defensively. I also like the line because it puts Puljujarvi in a more prominent spot, becoming the primary sniper. I have high hopes for this line.

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5. In recent games, Tippett tried out Kahun, RNH and Yamamoto. They played together 58 minutes and worked some tricky passing plays but didn’t score much, just one goal, while giving up two. The line did have some good moments against the Canucks, but I doubt that a trio of three smaller players will have much success in the heavy slogging of the playoffs.

6. It’s not a great bargaining point for RNH that each of the three top lines he’s been on here haven’t done so well.  But perhaps he can turn that around now with Drai and Yamo.

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Three to See Saturday: Paula walks, Mars approached and Root 107

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Author of the article: Fish Griwkowsky A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also…

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A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also learn all about one of Edmonton’s underrated, north-side treasures: Coronation Park — which contains three of our best buildings, two of them planetariums, hilariously. In her precise and enthusiastic way, Simons circles the gorgeous peaks of Hemingway Pool, shakes loose the history of the imported Ross Shep totem pole, and even points out little-known Long Burrow 6, a rare example of conceptual land art around here. The jewel in the park’s path-drawn Royal Scepter (check out the overhead map) is the old Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, which as a temple of science is rather coyly surrounded by the 12 Greek astrological symbols in sidewalk mosaic by Edith and Heinrich Eichner. South of Douglas Cardinal’s planetarium, keep an eye out for the old bricks representing distances within the solar system. The next step is to head to the park — but start here.

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Details: On Senator Paula Simons’ YouTube channel, no charge

Under the dome: Speaking of space, part of the ongoing, online NorthwestFest documentary film fest, Red Heaven (2020) is the story of six volunteers who take part in the ultimate dress rehearsal, living inside a year-long NASA simulation to understand the effects of isolation on the human mind. Filmed by the crew, sealed within a 1000-square foot dome on the red, rocky slope of a Hawaiian volcano, Red Heaven captures the mounting tension, blossoming romance, and intense feelings of isolation that the six strangers must face in the name of future space exploration. Directed by Lauren Defilippo and Katherine Gorringe, 84 mins.

Red Heaven is one of 80 documentaries playing NorthwestFest through May 16. Photo by supplied Details: Playing through May 16 at northwestfest.ca, $12.95

Street eats: And just a quick reminder, Downtown Spark’s Root 107, the pallet-walled pop-up park in the core, is ongoing. Basically, a spread-out place to sit and eat food truck grub while looking at tiny murals, a cappella’s Curbside will be serving this weekend, and the whole affair is very kid friendly. Chances are good you’ll run into one of our many grubber downtown hares (not for consumption).

The Root 107 pop-park. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Details: 107 Street and 101 Avenue, no charge

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Edmonton doctor charged with fraudulently billing Alberta government more than $3.5 million

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Author of the article: Edmonton Journal An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest…

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An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest in cosmetic medicine. In 2017 when CosmeticMD was born. Screencapture jpg An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government.

In a news release Friday morning, the Edmonton Police Service said its economic crimes section received a request from the Alberta Justice department in April to assist with the arrest of a physician in relation to an ongoing billing scheme dating back to 2013. It is alleged the doctor fraudulently billed the province between $3.5-$4.1 million in fees for service.

Dr. Yifei Shi, 33, was arrested on April 23. She faces charges of fraud and theft over $5,000.

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